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Energy Conservation

By changing the way we think about our energy usage, we can save money while saving our environment!

Our computers, along with other electronics, are a large component of energy usage. By simply managing their energy consumption, we can decrease our energy bills.

  • Learn to manage your computers power settings. By having your computer set to hibernate or standby after 30 minutes of inactivity, you will maximize your power savings and save as much as $75 per year in energy costs for each computer.
  • Set your computer to NOT utilize a screen saver, which makes the computer use more energy, and simply turn off your monitor.
  • Shut the computer down when not in use, especially at night. It costs more than $200 per year to power a computer continuously. Turning the computer off, even for a few minutes, saves more energy than is used to start it up.

Other Ways To Save Energy

There are ways to save energy (and money) all around us. Other way to save money include:

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.

  • Unplug chargers when not in use. Anything that is plugged in uses energy! If you leave your cell phone charger plugged in, it's using electricity even with no phone attached.

  • Buy Energy Star certified products and appliances.

  • Install a programmable thermostat. Adjust the thermostat when you leave your home to be at least 10 degrees down in winter and 10 degrees up in summer.

    • Keep up with basic air conditioner and furnace maintenance. Have them professionally tuned and cleaned, and replace air filters regularly.

    • Keep drapes or blinds closed at night in winter and during the day in the summer to reduce heating and cooling needs.

    • Caulk and weatherstrip all your doors and windows.

    • Have a professional seal your heating ducts to reduce the loss of heated air.